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Top Ways to Stimulate Healthy Eyesight from Birth

From birth, we inher­ent­ly want to pro­tect and care for our chil­dren. Your child’s eye­sight is no excep­tion and there are sev­er­al ways to ensure that as they grow, their eye­sight is tak­en care of. From devel­op­ing strong visu­al skills to main­tain­ing prop­er health, here are sev­er­al tips that you can fol­low and uti­lize to keep them see­ing clear­ly from birth.

Visu­al Skills- devel­op­ing healthy visu­al skills usu­al­ly occur nat­u­ral­ly but there are some things you can do to help stim­u­late these skills.

Cute Baby Girl Having Fun In Playroom With Toys

  • Place stim­u­lat­ing toys with­in your baby’s line of focus, typ­i­cal­ly between 8–12 inch­es away.
  • When your baby is old enough, encour­ag­ing them to crawl helps them devel­op hand-eye coor­di­na­tion.
  • When you move around the room that your baby is in, con­tin­ue talk­ing to them to encour­age their eyes to fol­low you.
  • Mobiles have cog­ni­tive pur­pos­es as well as a calm­ing effect on your baby. Include one for their crib.
  • Toys that your baby can hold and look at will also help stim­u­late their visu­al skills.

Toys- there are sev­er­al toys that will visu­al­ly stim­u­late and improve motor skills like hand-eye coor­di­na­tion like build­ing blocks, puz­zles, string­ing beads, peg­boards, draw­ing mate­ri­als and any oth­er toys require a coop­er­a­tion between the hands, eyes, and brain will be help­ful.

Healthy and safe eyesight from the beginning

When it comes to ensur­ing that your child’s eye­sight is healthy from the start, it is impor­tant that a bal­anced diet is con­sumed both dur­ing and after preg­nan­cy. Dur­ing preg­nan­cy, it is cru­cial that your baby receives all the vit­a­mins, nutri­ents and min­er­als to devel­op all func­tions and fea­tures health­ily. After preg­nan­cy, you will be set­ting an exam­ple for your child on how to eat prop­er­ly.

Pro­vid­ing your child with age-appro­pri­ate toys will not only keep them hap­py but also chal­lenge them appro­pri­ate­ly as they devel­op cru­cial skills and encour­age visu­al devel­op­ment. Avoid toys or play­things that have sharp edges or skin­ny, pointy parts as well. Always pro­vide shel­ter or UV-pro­tect­ed lens when bring­ing your child out­side, this is espe­cial­ly impor­tant if your child has light col­ored eyes. Hav­ing your child play out­side is not a bad thing,  nat­ur­al light helps exer­cise ocu­lar func­tions and reduce the chances of them devel­op­ing myopia.

Regular CheckupsOphthalmologist examine child in clinic

Aside from the rou­tine pedi­a­tri­cian check­ups, see­ing a pedi­atric oph­thal­mol­o­gist is often rec­om­mend­ed dur­ing their first year and then again between the ages of 3 and 4. How­ev­er, there are no strict guide­lines but if you notice some­thing that is out of the ordi­nary (like trou­ble focus­ing, trou­ble with hand-eye coor­di­na­tion, etc.) you should get them checked out because hav­ing vision issues dur­ing their cru­cial devel­op­men­tal stages can be extreme­ly frus­trat­ing and detri­men­tal for them.

Protecting and fostering your child’s eyesight from early on is a great step towards ensuring they have a healthy and happy childhood.

Always con­sult with your eye doc­tor regard­ing any­thing out of the ordi­nary or in the case of emer­gen­cies. While your chil­dren are not eli­gi­ble for laser eye surgery, you may be. Stop being held back by the has­sle of con­tacts or glass­es, let our award-win­ning staff of sur­geons help you regain your visu­al free­dom and enjoy par­ent­hood to the fullest. We pro­vide the lat­est vision enhance­ment pro­ce­dures avail­able today, where LASIK is the lead­ing one. To sched­ule your free con­sul­ta­tion with us at Dia­mond Vision, vis­it https://diamondvision.com/schedule-eye-exam/.

May 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Top Ways to Stimulate Healthy Eyesight from Birth

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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